Baldwin City residents share vocal talents in Baker choir
Expect an encore performance from the Baker Community Choir.
Calling the debut season a success, Matthew Potterton is planning another year of combining the vocal talents of the Baldwin City community with the Baker students, faculty and staff.
The choir, formed in February 2010, practiced weekly and performed at the Ash Wednesday service at Baldwin First United Methodist Church and Baker’s annual spring choral concert. Nearly 70 choir members participated in the spring concert, including 15 students. Nanette Kraus, adjunct instructor of music, served as the accompanist.
“As I listen back to the recording, I am amazed at the progress that the choir made throughout the spring semester,” said Potterton, assistant professor of music and director of choral activities at Baker University. “The choir worked hard to be the best they could and I am incredibly proud of the progress this group made.”
The choir will practice on Thursday evenings from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at McKibbin Recital Hall.
The singers performed a variety of music, including an early Renaissance drinking song by Hassler and a modern arrangement of an American folk song, “Old Dan Tucker.”
Potterton was inspired by the choir’s performance of “The Awakening” by Joseph Martin, especially when the members sang the emotional “Let music never die in me!” verse.
“The line summed up why many of the choir were participating in this group,” Potterton said. “Many of them had been in choir when they were in school and loved it, but had not had an opportunity to sing in a choir since. Singing in this choir gave them an opportunity to express again through music. Music is alive in these singers.”
He also enjoyed having a fiddle, wash-tub bass and whiskey jugs complementing a bluegrass performance.
This fall, the choir is scheduled to perform on Oct. 29 in the fall concert with the other Baker choirs and in Vespers on Dec. 5. Vespers will end with Handel's “Hallelujah Chorus” from the Messiah with all of Baker's choirs and orchestra.
“It should be a spectacular close to this concert,” Potterton said.